Meghan Markle could be breaking a huge royal tradition with this birth plan 

And we get it.

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And we get it.

Sure, being a royal had its advantages - the fashion, the princes, the tiaras, the castles - but it definitely also has its drawbacks, from the end of privacy to the dreaded rumour mill.

The one reason we could never be royals - aside from the fact that no princes want to marry us - is the expectation to be perfect, with Kate Middleton sending the Internet into shock this year for doing just that.

Just hours after Prince Louis’ April birth, the Duchess of Cambridge emerged from the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s hospital with her newborn, in heels with perfect hair and make up - to pose for photographs on the iconic steps - a nod to her late mother-in-law.

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How?? We still don’t know. And that was her third child, with Kate performing an extremely quick turn around and emerging fresh faced with Prince George and Princess Charlotte, too. Did we mention she also did the school run the very next day.

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With Meghan Markle’s due date fast approaching (Spring 2019, people!), speculation is building around where she and Harry will welcome their royal baby, and whether she will follow Kate’s tradition.

The verdict? It seems unlikely, with Meghan Markle reportedly thinking of skipping the post-birth photo opp in front of the world’s paparazzi.

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In fact, according to sources close to Vanity Fair, the Duchess of Sussex is reportedly considering a home birth.

And that’s not all, with Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland set to play a key role.

‘Doria plans to be around a lot when the baby arrives, and there are plans for her to have a dedicated space at their new home,’ the source told Vanity Fair. ‘She wants to be on hand to help Meghan and Harry with the baby. Doria will be involved and if she’s involved she will be encouraging Meg to go for a natural birth.’

No photo on the Lindo steps just hours after giving birth? We don’t blame you, Meghan.

Jenny Proudfoot
Features Editor

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